Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia

4.5
328 reviews
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Beautiful Italian BYOB, and a staple for the last 7 years in the Pennsport area of South Philadelphia. Traditional cuisine and fresh pasta dishes are what make this little known gem so special. Formerly part of a trio of restaurants, Caffe Valentino now stands and shines alone after its new expansion: Caffe Valentino seats 45 downstairs in its rustic first floor dining room and a maximum of 100 guests in its elegant second floor dining room with full, open kitchen. If you haven't dined at Caffe Valentino before, it is a definite "must try" for your next dinner out or family gathering. Great for large groups as well as romantic dining.

Chi mangia bene, vive bene!

Who eats well, lives well!
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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

A group of us (10) were here for a birthday celebration. It took 30 minutes for a waiter to bring us menus and bread. The overall service was slow/poor. Two members of the group had a slight diet restriction. One cannot have black pepper. Despite making an explicit request, the Caesar salad arrived with pepper. Another member is allergic to broccoli. We were told that the vegetable of the evening was zucchini - so obviously there was no issue. But, when the main course was served, all of our plates arrived with broccoli. Overall the food was not well presented and was rather bland. Our experience was not very good - which is unfortunate since it is a neighborhood restaurant and I like supporting local businesses. We will probably not return.

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BL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great staff, great service! Caffe Val recently underwent some minor changes to their decorations and setup, which took a bit away from the rustic and romantic ambience, but overall still a great visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service great food . Sam the waiter is excellent. The dinner and appetizer specials are always great!

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seeing a movie in the South Philadelphia neighborhood and wanted a light wonderful meal and we remembered that Caffe Valentino and it’s chef/proprietor Cosimo and his wife, Heather are wonderful hosts.
Dinner was top notch... but even better was their warm welcome and graciousness.
We can’t wait to go back.
Bring your wine!
Or cross the street to their beer garden, and buy a couple of bottles.

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Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

OK place, some of the food is fine! Get one of the nightly specials.

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j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the service from Sam and the rest of the staff is top notch.

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B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved loved LOVED this place. Authentic Italian the way it should be. Food was outstanding. Only thing better is the staff and owner....make you feel like family. This is my new "go to" spot. Absolutely love their food...from appetizer to dessert. If I could give SIX stars I would!

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JH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local find. Just moved around the block and had a terrific time - great food, service and a fun spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam and the crew are always warm and welcoming. Food is always delicious. Can’t beat the value, it’s a BYOB.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service in a friendly warm atmosphere, with Italian music playing in the background!

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DJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , service and atmosphere. Would highly recommend to family and friends. Definitely would go back.

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MG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

.Excellent service, warm environment and outstanding food! We can’t wait to go back!

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EE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience

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g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hostess and owner/chef ! Easy parking on the street, good background music.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Philly. We hadn't eaten there in years (I generally hate going into the city) and it was ever bit as good as the last time we were there. The food is great, and they treat you like they appreciate your business.

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AM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Great food! A must visit!

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KD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and place was amazing. Idk why it wasn’t more crowded other than it was the night before Valentine’s Day. Definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a great Italian meal at a reasonable price

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m
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, Sam is a great server and host, his knowledge of the menu is excellent.

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JT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The chicken was very disappointing. It had no flavor at all and was mostly breading. I actually thought I had been frozen. Pasta and salad were great as usual. I’ll still go back but not ordering chicken parm again.

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BD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and dining experience! Will definitely return.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood place for us- we love the staff the food the byo the available parking. Great atmosphere, food is very good all the time if you run outta wine they try and fine some. A very welcoming place. LOVE IT HERE!!!!’

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OR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love eating here. The owner/chef, his family and staff are attentive, personable and truly care about your dining experience. The food is always amazing and presented well. If something isn’t to your liking, simply say something and they will make it just the way you want it. And how can you complain about a BYOB that serves fresh delicious food.

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JG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

I do have to say that the waiter was wonderful but the way they handle our situation was not professional. The menu was set and my 94 year old mother was not going to eat everything. I gave her my soup because i was not going to eat it so they decided to charge her and me for it. I feel like they should have explain how her meal work.

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JC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homemade pasta along with a very attentive and welcoming staff makes for a pleasant and enjoyable dining experience. The food was delicious and the waiters and waitresses came over and talked to us. Will definitely be going back.

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EI
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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DJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our experience was very enjoyable. The restaurant had a very comfortable atmosphere. The menu had a lot of dishes to chose from and there were a lot of good specials. We would like to go back to try some of the other dishes and we would recommend Caffe Valentino to our family and friends.

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M
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The loveliest owners and staff we’ve ever met!! food was very good, classic style Italian. I was a little disappointed with the presentation of the caprese salad which was very unripe tomato slices with mozzarella slices only, no basil or flavored oil. Otherwise a great neighborhood gem and nice spot for dinner with friends! Really can’t say enough wonderful words about Heather, her family and staff!! Will be back!

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MW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Was not at all conducive to our party of 8. I booked the reservation nearly a month in advance, therefore, they should have been prepared for us. We waited 20 minutes past our reservation time to actually be seated. Our party of 8 was oddly seated at a round table, pushed together with a rectangular table, which made for an odd setup that was not good for conversation amongst the table. Our server's toddler was also running around the restaurant, which was not necessarily the atmosphere we had in mind for a grown-up dinner on a Saturday evening. Was so looking forward to our annual holiday dinner with dear friends, and was very disappointed with our experience. Would not recommend-not good for a large group, but also way too congested for an intimate dinner/date night.

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A
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was mediocre. Service was bad.

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WM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Pumpkin Ravioli was wonderful!! The chicken picatta was not tender and seemed to have no lemon in it. It was disappointing. Servers were great and they made you feel very welcome and at home. Pistachio desert was unusual and delicious. I would dine there again but would not order the chicken.

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W
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average meal. Average service. Not cheap. Feh.

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j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Sam and Tommy are so friendly and Cosimo’s food is superb. We keep going back. Superb!!!

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MS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food itself was pretty good , but we had a 7:30 reservation and didn’t get seated until 8:20. There is only a tiny bar with 4 seats that you can sit at to wait but there was 20+ people waiting as well. No one came to tell us about how long the wait would be, not the greatest customer service and there was no point for us to make a reservation.

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L
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful food great value wonderful wait staff

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GD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Easy to park. Really good Italian food. Love that it's a BYOB. Everyone was so kind and accommodating. Tommy was our waiter. So friendly. He was terrific! The owner Cozimo was so nice. We were very happy with our choice to dine at Caffe Valentino!

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, charming owners great service in this warm and welcoming BYOB

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TH
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time here in a few weeks, same feeling: good food, good service, but somehow pretentiously overpriced. Was disappointed too that we made it known on the reservation that this was a birthday celebration, and the waiter acknowledged it when we arrived, but there was nothing noted when dessert was served--no a candle, no happy birthday wishes.

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EH
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A true dining gem hidden in plain sight. The pizza and the entrees are pure Italian, can't wait to return.

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OR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have a weekly date night and prefer BYOB. I read some reviews and had a few concerns. I must say the people who had complaints must be the type that just like to complain about anything they can find. This restaurant is absolutely amazing and is by far the best Italian food in philly. I grew up in south philly eating my close friends Italian grandmothers cooking so I know great Italian food.

We ordered the specials for our appetizers and entree's and the plates were spotless when we were done eating. Home made pasta!!! Whaaatttt!! Flavors were out of this world. Cosimo cooked us the most delicious meals and he came out to each table to check up on his customers. That is simply respectable and the finishing touch to this local gem. His wife Heather sat and waited on us with help from Sam. They are the nicest and most polite people I’ve ever met in the restaurant business. You must come here to eat. Not one complaint.

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